Partial Day Programs

Youth attend these programs on their own, unaccompanied by a parent or other adult.

  • Please note:  Additional programs may have sold out since our last website update.
  • Wait lists are first come, first serve. Click here to confirm your spot on the wait list.
  • Apples to Zucchini - What Animals Love to Eat

    For students entering 1st - 3rd grades

    Do animals eat pizza or PB & J? Let’s find out! Discover the different foods that the animals eat when we tour the Animal Nutrition Center to see where our Zoo animals’ food actually comes from!

    Limited to 16 students per session
    Instructors: Zoo Docents
    Fee: Zoo Members $32/General Public $36

    CodeDateDayTime 
    Y0618AZ June 18 Tu 9-11:30 a.m.  
    Y0726AZ July 26 F 9-11:30 a.m.  

    Bear Aware

    For students entering 1st - 3rd grades

    What do bears need to survive? Through games and activities, discover how different types of bears use their amazing skills and adaptations to find food, stay safe and explore their world. We’ll also travel around to meet the bears at our Zoo!

    Limited to 13 students per session
    Instructor:  Zoo Educator
    Fee: Zoo Members $26/General Public $29

    CodeDateDayTime 
    Y0730BA July 30 Tu 9:30-11 a.m.  
  • Poop Matters (NEW)

    For students entering 2nd - 3rd grades

    Become a "scatologist" and study the fascinating world of animal scat (poop).  Determine how to "tell" an animal by what they leave behind.  Find out which animals poop the most and the animal that prefers a weekly schedule!   Scat comes in different colors, shapes, and sizes, and there are plenty of uses for scat by both animals and humans.  We will explore all of this and more.  Learn how the Saint Louis Zoo cares for our animals by studying their poop, and finally, what does the Zoo do with all that poop?

    Limited to 16 students per session
    Instructor:  Zoo Docents
    Fee: Zoo Members $32/General Public $36

    CodeDateDayTime 
    Y0716PM July 16 Tu 9-11:30 a.m.  
  • A Case of Animal Identity

    For students entering 2nd - 4th grades

    As Junior Scientists, we will investigate different animals to figure out who they are and how they are successful at surviving.  Some have scales and some have fur, some have all sharp teeth and some have flat teeth.  Others have claws, and some even have webbed feet.  We’ll tour the Zoo, have craft time, meet live animals and explore fun activities.

    Limited to 16 students per session
    Instructors: Zoo Docents
    Fee: Zoo Members $37/General Public $41

    CodeDateDayTime 
    Y0626AI June 26 W 9 a.m.-Noon  

    Abracadabra Animals

    For students entering 2nd - 4th grades

    Animals have many "magical" adaptations. Join us to learn about animals that can transform themselves, disappear in front of your eyes and even freeze themselves! You’ll even make some magic of your own to take home.

    Limited to 16 students per session
    Instructors: Zoo Docents
    Fee: Zoo Members $37/General Public $41

    CodeDateDayTime 
    Y0610AA June 10 M 9 a.m.-Noon  
    Y0718AA July 18 Th 9 a.m.-Noon  

    Fantastic Felines

    For students entering 2nd - 4th grades

    Roar and purr…  cats are some of the most recognizable animals in the world.  In this class, we will learn the differences between big and small cats as we investigate cat adaptations and visit some of our big cats at the Zoo.  Adults, please plan to join us 15 minutes prior to the end of the class.  The students will have a special surprise to show off!

    Limited to 14 students per session
    Instructor: Zoo Educator
    Fee: Zoo Members $32/General Public $36

    CodeDateDayTime 
    Y0801FA August 1 Th 9-11:30 a.m.  

    Penguin Plunge

    For students entering 2nd - 4th grades

    Waddle to the Zoo and explore why penguins are the coolest birds around.  We will investigate why penguins waddle, swim and dive through fun activities.  We’ll even take a trip to visit our tuxedo-clad friends.

    Limited to 13 students per session
    Instructor:  Zoo Educator
    Fee: Zoo Members $32/General Public $36

    CodeDateDayTime 
    Y0717PP July 17 W 9:30-11 a.m.  
  • Photo Safari

    For students entering 5th - 6th grades

    Join us to discover some of the Zoo’s most impressive animals, and learn how to take their pictures.  We will provide a digital camera for each participant to use while we learn about photography at the Zoo.  Come back the second day to assemble your photos in a special memory photo album to take home.  We look forward to having you in this fun art and animals program!

    Limited to 16 students per session
    Instructors: Zoo Docents
    Fee: Zoo Members $59/General Public $64

    CodeDateDayTime 
    Y0624PS June 24 &
    June 28
    M
    F
    9-11:30 a.m.
    9-10:30 a.m.
     

Full Day Programs

Youth attend these programs on their own, unaccompanied by a parent or other adult.  Participants should bring a lunch, beverage and afternoon snack (unless otherwise noted).

  • Please note:  Additional programs may have sold out since our last website update.
  • Wait lists are first come, first serve. Click here to confirm your spot on the wait list.
  • Magical Animal Investigations

    For students entering 2nd - 4th grades

    Everyone likes magic.  Animals have “magical” specialties and characteristics that will wow you more than Harry Potter and his invisibility cloak!  Join us for a combination of two of our most popular classes as we investigate how animals are sorted into different groups and explore some of their amazing adaptations.  We’ve added lots of games, activities and crafts for a fun-filled day. Participants should bring a lunch, beverage and an afternoon snack.

    Limited to 16 students per session
    Instructor:  Zoo Docents
    Fee: Zoo Members $75/General Public $80

    CodeDateDayTime 
    Y0615MA June 15 Sa 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  
  • Field Herpetology

    For students entering 6th - 8th grades

    Meet at the Zoo, and then spend the day with us exploring the Shaw Nature Reserve in search of amphibians and reptiles. We’ll learn the best places to find them and how to observe them once we do.  Participants should bring a lunch and beverage, and dress for the weather.  Transportation to Shaw Nature Reserve will be provided.

    Limited to 12 students per session
    Instructor:  Zoo Educator
    Fee: Zoo Members $80/General Public $85

    CodeDateDayTime 
    Y0610FH June 10 M 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  
  • Photography at the Zoo

    For students entering 7th - 11th grades

    If you are interested in photography and are an animal lover, this class is for you! We will cover composition, lighting, shooting through wire and glass, animal portraits, and action photography techniques. Bring your digital camera, preferably one that uses interchangeable lenses; however, point-and-shoot cameras are also okay. Class will include instruction, photo safaris around the Zoo, demonstrations and photo critiques as we learn some of the tips used by the professionals to take great animal photographs.  Participants should bring a lunch and beverage.

    Limited to 16 students
    Instructors: Zoo Docents
    Fee: Zoo Members $74/General Public $79

    CodeDateDayTime 
    Y0608PZ June 8 Sa 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.